What is the difference between an NEC Laser projector and BenQ Laser Projector?

How are they different and which one is right for you?


If you are looking for a 5000-lumen laser projector, chances are you are considering both the NEC P525UL and the BenQ LU950 laser projector models for your meeting room or worship space.   While the two projectors have many elements in common, such as brightness, resolution, and pricing, this article covers the differences between the two projectors such as:

  • Long Lasting DLP vs. LCD Technology
  • Color Accuracy
  • IP5X Dust Certification

What do they have in common?

Both the NEC P525UL and the BenQ LU950 are high-quality projectors that deliver 5000 lumens, WUXGA resolution, and have 20,000 hours of laser life.  They both have a sealed laser engine for maintenance-free use and can leverage any HDBaseT infrastructure.  Both models have won critical awards by review websites such as Projectorreviews.com, such as the Hot Product Award for the LU950.  

Difference #1 - Reliable Texas Instruments DLP Technology vs. LCD panels


All BenQ projectors use DLP chips which are rated by Texas Instruments to 100,000 hours of use and currently used in the majority of digital cinemas.  The main advantage of using DLP technology for laser projector is that they will never turn yellow over time – ensuring your investment will last not only through the warranty period but for many years afterward. The P525UL uses a laser engine design with a rotating phosphor wheel and 3 LCD panels to create the image. 

Difference #2- Home Theater Color Accuracy

With older lamp-based high brightness projectors, the color accuracy from one model to another could vary significantly.  One model might have bright reds but struggle with dark greens, while another could have great blues but darker yellows.   The new BenQ laser projectors have dramatically improved their color accuracy – and are now one of the only high brightness models to specify that the colors are accurate against the industry standard Rec. 709 color space used in monitors and televisions.   This helps ensure your logo’s and photo’s look as they do on your monitor or notebook.

Recommended Product

BenQ LU950 5000 Lumen Laser Projector

The BenQ LK952 5000 lumen 4K laser projector
  • 5000 ANSI Lumens for bright images
  • WUXGA Resolution with 2.3 million pixels
  • IP5X Filter-Free Certified Dust Proof
  • 92% Color Accuracy to Rec. 709 Standard

Difference #3 - Sealed Laser Engine with IP5X Dustproof Certification

Unlike many other laser projectors from Epson, Panasonic, and Maxell, both the NEC and BenQ projectors eliminate the hassle of filter cleaning and “clean filter now” warning lights.   Both projectors are advertised as “sealed” but only the BenQ LU930 is certified under the rigorous IP5X standard testing.   This model undergoes a test inside a dust chamber that simulates over 20,000 hours of dust exposure – and is then disassembled to ensure that there is no impact to the critical components of the projector.   Smartwatches such as the Apple Watch go through the same testing, so you can be confident that the BenQ is a true “set it and forget it” projector during its entire life.

Other Factors to Consider




While both brands are well-recognized in the industry, BenQ is the #1 selling worldwide brand of projectors using DLP technology and the second-largest projector brand worldwide.   Besides high brightness projectors like the LU950, the company manufactures market-leading home cinema projectors, 4K short-throw projectors, and even battery-powered portable projectors – all using Texas Instruments DLP technology.

Want to talk to an expert about laser projectors?

For customers looking for advice on choosing the right projector for their business, you can talk directly to an experienced BenQ product expert who has access to over 70 different projector models and can guide you to the best one for your application.  We also can help you find a reseller nearby, or if you want, you can purchase one right on the phone.   You can reach them at 888-818-5888.   If you want to email them instead, you can reach them at BenqB2B.BQA@Benq.com

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